This week on the fifth anniversary of the Zaria massacre in Nigeria, many Muslims are still struggling for their rights.
The massacre took place in Zaria, Kaduna State, in 2015. After a brutal attack by the Nigerian army, according to official tally at least 348 civilians were killed and 347 bodies secretly buried.
In this episode, we will look at the massacre, asking whether those responsible have been held accountable after five years. Apart from that, we delve into the Nigerians' quest to end police brutality as the country continues suffering from terror attacks by Takfiri militants.
Youths in Nigeria are fed up with the way police forces treat people. The social movement against police brutality and extortion initially called for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The notorious unit of the Nigerian Police has a long record of abuses.
But instead of addressing crimes like armed robbery and kidnapping, the forces resorted to human rights violations, extrajudicial killings, sexual harassment of women and brutalizing of young male Nigerians.
The group's record triggered peaceful protests in 2017 that continue to this day although the government has resorted to myriad tactics to derail the movement. But what are the movement's demands and are they within reach?